MARION COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - Emmanuel Rosado says he was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was beaten and robbed by a prison escapee.
The Marion County Sheriff says 22-year-old Corey Lyles got away from a prison work detail on a local tree farm where Rosado, an 18-year-old senior at Marion County High School, happened to be riding his ATV.
"He came from behind, punched me in the back of my head. I feel forward, kind of blacked out. I tried to shift the Gator and hit the gas. He just grabbed my throat and started choking me. Then, he threw me to the ground and started beating my head. He slammed my head against the Gator twice and just kept choking me. I thought he was going to kill me," Rosado revealed to News Leader 9.
Lyles got away in the teen's ATV and with his cell phone. Meanwhile, Rosado was left with a concussion, bruises and hemorrhages to both of his eyes.
Now, the search is on for Lyles who officials say was doing time for shoplifting, probation revocation and obstruction of a police officer.
Those tracking the prisoner say someone on the outside played a part in his getaway.
"He probably had some help that's what I'm thinking because he was on one of those back roads in Marion County so I'm pretty sure he got back to one of the main roads and got some help to get back to Marion County," said Talbot County Sheriff Herman Howard.
Rosado wants Lyles back behind bars so what happened to him won't happen to anyone else who crosses the convict's path.
"I thought I wasn't going to survive because this guy was twice my size and for some reason, the strength came out of nowhere. I fought myself out," the teen said.
Marion County Sheriff Horace Snider says the work detail was supervised and that Lyles was under direct supervision, however, the Sheriff was not available for an interview Thursday.
Anyone with information on Corey Lyles' whereabouts is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 229-649-3841.